This afternoon, the kids' cousin Talia wouldn't obey her eldest cousin during clean up time and in fact had the nerve to bail on cleaning & head out to the wading pool. This prompted a long talk about dealing with hurt feelings. ("She hurt my feelings more than anyone ever has, Mommy!") Amidst shuddering sobs and intermittent deep breaths, she listened as I explained how some people might show their hurt feelings by being angry, some might show it by being sad, some might show it by being very quiet, etc.
"Or, Mommy, they might show it by just being EXASPERATED!!!!!!!!!"
Well, yes. Exasperated.